DruidShakespeare: Richard III is coming to Lincoln Center's White Light Festival.

Following a successful run with Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot at last year’s festival, the Druid has announced it is returning to Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival with the award-winning DruidShakespeare: Richard III by William Shakespeare.

The darker side of human nature is on display in DruidShakespeare: Richard III, a chilling story of power and ambition in a wickedly comic production directed by Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes. The production stars Aaron Monaghan, who appeared as Estragon in Druid’s acclaimed Waiting for Godot in the 2018 White Light Festival. 

Shakespeare's ruthless monarch resonates through the ages in DruidShakespeare: Richard III which recently won three Irish Times Irish Theatre awards including Best Production.

A continuation of the company’s exploration of Shakespeare’s kings, this production reunites the creative team and members of the Druid ensemble behind the celebrated DruidShakespeare: Richard II, Henry IV (Pts. 1 & 2) and Henry V, which played Lincoln Center in 2015. 

“I’m very pleased to be returning to the White Light Festival with our new production of Richard III. He’s a brilliant villain; somebody who takes us into his confidence as he plots and pivots his way to the top. It’s fantastic to be working again with the great DruidShakespeare team and to be performing in the White Light Festival” said Garry Hynes, Artistic Director, Druid.

Garry Hynes directs Aaron Monaghan in the titular role alongside a cast which includes fellow members of the hugely celebrated Druid Ensemble: Garrett Lombard, Rory Nolan and Marty Rea, who were also in Waiting for Godot.

Druid has an excellent record at producing large scale theatre and previous events both nationally and internationally include; DruidShakespeare: Richard II, Henry IV (Pts. 1 & 2) and Henry V (2015), DruidMurphy: Three Plays by Tom Murphy (2012), O’Casey’s The Silver Tassie (2010), and DruidSynge (six plays by Synge in 2006) described by the New York Times as “a highlight not just of my theatregoing year but of my theatregoing life”.

Richard III continues a busy year for Druid, including a 13-venue Irish tour of Furniture by Sonya Kelly and two world premiere productions, Epiphany by Brian Watkins and The Beacon by Nancy Harris, playing in both Galway and Dublin.

There will be a pre-performance discussion with Garry Hynes and Robert Marx on Sunday, November 10 at 1:45 pm. Preview performances will take place November 7 - 8, and the show will run November 10 - 23. 

After the performance on November 8, the International Friends of Druid will be hosting an opening night reception with the director and cast. 

International Friends of Druid help them to create exciting, compelling theatre from their home in Galway, Ireland and enable them to tour and showcase the best of Irish theatre at prestigious international venues and festivals.

Tickets for DruidShakespeare: Richard III here. 

More information on International Friends of Druid here. 

Aaron Monaghan, Garrett Lombard, John Olohan, and Jane-Brennan in DruidShakespeare: Richard IIIRobbie Jack